Politics

8:34am

Tue September 9, 2014
Energy

New Oil And Gas Commission Has Significant Industry And Government Representation

A drill site in Frederick abuts a residential neighborhood, August 2013. The growth of drilling near Front Range population centers has prompted bans and calls for more local control of drilling.
Jim Hill KUNC

Governor John Hickenlooper announced the 19 members of a task force whose goal is to address some of the recent controversy around energy development in the state.

The task force will examine land use issues and what role local governments have in regulating oil and gas activities within their boundaries. The creation of a task force is part of an agreement struck by the governor in order to avoid a citizen vote on oil and gas related ballot initiatives during the November 2014 election.  The governor and many others were concerned that passage of the ballot initiatives could have extremely negative consequences for the state.

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9:09am

Thu August 28, 2014
Politics

Colo. Democrats Bet On Immigration To Boost Udall's Re-Election Bid

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 11:25 am

Sonia Marquez of the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition is encouraging Latinos to turn out for this year's midterm elections.
Kirk Siegler NPR

In southwest Denver, a wave of immigrants from Mexico and El Salvador has settled in the neighborhoods around the intersection of Federal Boulevard and Alameda Avenue.

Billboards are in Spanish. Chile stands, taquerias and Asian noodle houses line the streets.

In a small office plaza across from a carniceria, a group of Latino activists are staging a press conference to roll out their Immigration Voter Accountability Project.

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2:47pm

Wed August 27, 2014
It's All Politics

State Democrats Play Defense Ahead Of Midterm Elections

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 5:29 pm

MHJ iStockphoto

Democrats are bracing for the 2014 election, now fewer than 10 weeks away.

What has them worried this year?

There's the president's slumping approval scores, the public view that the country is on the wrong track, and frustration that the economic recovery hasn't eased the nation's economic anxiety.

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7:24am

Wed August 27, 2014
Politics

Citizens Ballot Review Gets Test Drive With Colorado GMO Label Measure

An car decorated with an anti-GMO message at a rally in Washington, D.C.
Daniel Lobo Flickr-Creative Commons

Colorado voters will have extra help making up their minds about a ballot initiative to label genetically modified foods.

A new effort, the Colorado Citizens Initiative Review, will produce a voter guide on Proposition 105, a ballot measure that proposes labeling foods containing genetically modified ingredients. The review is a pilot project aimed at helping voters better understand complicated ballot measures.

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3:14am

Mon August 25, 2014
Politics

On The Fall Docket: Who Gets To Vote — And Who Gets To Decide?

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 11:23 am

Voters crowd into their polling place Aug. 15 at Keonepoko Elementary School in Pahoa, Hawaii.
Marco Garcia AP

A federal appeals court in Denver is scheduled to hear arguments Aug. 25 in a dispute over whether Kansas and Arizona can require voters using a federal registration form to show proof of citizenship.

It's the first of several significant cases this fall that could determine who gets to vote, and how, in at least six states. The outcomes could also answer a much broader question: Who gets to decide?

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